Steven Hoffman

Director of the Global Strategy Lab; Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science, York University; Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population & Public Health

Steven Hoffman holds courtesy appointments as a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University and Adjunct Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University. He is an international lawyer, licensed in both Ontario and New York, who specializes in global health law, global governance, and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical, and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities, and human rights challenges. Steven previously worked as a Project Manager for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a Fellow in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York City, where he offered strategic and technical input on a range of global health issues. He also previously worked for a Toronto law firm specializing in cross-border intellectual property litigation, health product regulation, and government relations, as well as Incentives for Global Health—a Yale University-based NGO devoted to improving global access to medicines—where he was responsible for international advocacy and strategic planning. Steven recently advised the World Health Organization on development of a global strategy for health systems research and was lead author on the background paper that provided the strategy’s conceptual underpinnings. For three years he convened an academic advisory committee on science reporting for Canada’s only national weekly current affairs magazine. He was previously an Associate Professor of Law with the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics.